Woman hoisted from fishing vessel near Sitka
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A Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Sitka medevacked a 44-year-old woman from a fishing tender near Sitka on Monday.
The woman, whose name was not released, was hoisted from the 109-foot fishing tender Tuxedni, which was in Tebenkof Bay on Kuiu Island. She had been complaining of severe abdominal distress, and was transported to Sitka where she was transferred to local EMS.
Weather at the time of the incident was overcast, with calm winds and periods of rain.
The Seattle-based Tuxedni is well-known to the Coast Guard, but for good reasons. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Mooers says its crew received a gold lifesaving medal earlier this summer, for responding to a 2012 emergency.
The Tuxedni helped evacuate crew from the fishing vessel Heritage, when it sank near Kodiak on Jan. 25, 2012.
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